Education and training for students

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Our Education and Training Programme is for school and college students aged 14+ who need extra support.


Some of our learners are identified as having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or as being low achievers. This programme introduces students to the world of work and helps to prepare them for life after school.

ⓘ SEND stands for “Special Educational Needs and Disabilities”

In the Education and Training Programme, students will:

  • Learn how to use different media tools to help build confidence and communication skills
  • Work with tutors to develop a portfolio of skills, interests and goals for the future called my Profile
  • Complete their Work Experience placements in a real working environment
  • Start preparing for the future and getting ready for finding a paid job

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my Profile

We can work with students to help them talk about what they want to do in the future.


We use something called ‘my Profile’ which is a way for students to show adults what they like doing and what they want to do when they leave school or college.


We teach students how to make films and pictures to show teachers and other adults in their lives.


This will help them do what they want after school.

“We use the footage in transition meetings, share it at parents’ evening and end of year reviews. It’s definitely the way forward for annual reviews; questions are so difficult and students get nervous just sitting there.”


– Post-16 Department Coordinator, Oak Lodge School, East Finchley.

Real skills and work experience

At my AFK, students gain confidence and useful experience by completing real work in our busy office, at the Bikes For Good Causes bike shop and café and at our Edible Garden project.


Throughout the experience, we focus on developing important skills such as:

  • Punctuality
  • Communicating with colleagues, peers, managers and customers
  • Working in a team
  • Following instructions and prioritising tasks
  • Focusing on, sustaining interest and persisting with tasks
  • Completing tasks to a good standard


We currently work with schools and colleges in Camden, Haringey, Islington, Enfield, Barnet, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Hackney.

Meet our Schools Manager

Hannah D’Aguiar is our Schools Manager; she visits with schools and colleges across London and ecourages them to send their learners who need extra support to my AFK, for work-related learning and work experience.


For more information about our Education and Training Programme, or to arrange a visit to our office, contact Hannah by email at or call 0208 347 8111.

What comes next?

Once you have completed your work experience and learned new skills, we can help you get a job through our Life and Work Programme.


We can help you practice your interview skills so you feel more confident talking to an employer.


We also provide travel training so that you can travel independently to and from work using the train or the bus.

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